Justice Sotomayor Cites Sexism as Reason for Supreme Court Rule Change

Justice Sotomayor Cites Sexism as Reason for Supreme Court Rule Change


Justice Sonia Sotomayor cited sexism as the reason for a Supreme Court rule change during the pandemic, which now mandates that the justices speak one at a time based on seniority during oral arguments.

During a talk with the New York University School of Law on diversity and inclusion, the liberal justice said the rules were changed permanently after a study found that “females were interrupted during oral arguments 141 times while males, only 73. Females interrupted others during oral arguments 37 times, while males interrupted others 177 times” during the 2015 term, the Daily Mail reported.

“Most of the time women say things and they are not heard in the same way as men who might say the identical thing,” she said. Sotomayor

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